50 years after return to Japan, gap remains between Okinawa and rest of country

A shopping arcade in Naha. Among the country's 47 prefectures, Okinawa's average income per capita has stayed at the bottom since fiscal 1989 and the prefecture's child poverty rate stands at 29.9%, more than twice the national average. | REUTERS

Naha – Nearly a half century after its return to Japan in 1972, Okinawa Prefecture still lags behind the rest of the country in terms of income, welfare and other areas while seeing substantial progress in infrastructure development. The southernmost prefecture, the site of grueling ground battles in the closing days of World War II,

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